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Dignity Of Labour: Manual Scavengers Of Madhya Pradesh's Mandsaur Turn Entrepreneurs

Manual scavenging entails cleaning sewers and clearing human excreta from open-pit toilets. It remains the burden of certain poor, disadvantaged communities, who have been bound to this debasing work due to the traditional caste system. It continues to exist despite being illegal, because large parts of India still use primitive 'insanitary latrines'. Over 12,000 manual scavengers have been identified across India, of them 82% are in Uttar Pradesh. Activists say, these official figures are under-stated. Gujarat, for instance, admits to having no more than two manual scavengers, according to government data. To date, Jan Sahas NGO has liberated 15,000 women manual scavengers from this unsafe profession, which is illegal under the Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act, 2013. Jan Sahas has joined hands with Usha International to rehabilitate the liberated women and provide them with an alternative means of livelihood. Like Bhagwanta Bai who has cleaned manholes and dry latrines for many years. But has now turned an entrepreneur. She has faced it all from social retaliation to boycott. Know more about the Kushalta Ke Kadam Initiative.

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Dignity Of Labour: Manual Scavengers Of Madhya Pradesh's Mandsaur Turn Entrepreneurs

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About the Initiative

Dignity Of Labour: Manual Scavengers Of Madhya Pradesh's Mandsaur Turn Entrepreneurs

Kushalta Ke Kadam is an initiative by NDTV and USHA, it is a unique effort to tell inspiring stories of thousands of women who came into the UIL Silai School Programme, which would create entrepreneurs out of them, and change the course of their destiny.
 
Usha Silai School is a community based initiative with the aim of empowering village women to become entrepreneurs and teach sewing in their respective communities. More than one percent from the sale of every Usha Sewing Machine is invested into this programme, thereby enabling all Usha customers to share their love with rural women. More than 10,000 women are being trained every day as pert of this programme. Know More

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Kushalta ke Kadam: Aiming for Independence Through Stitching
Dignity Of Labour: Manual Scavengers Of Madhya Pradesh's Mandsaur Turn Entrepreneurs

Rebari girls grow up learning traditional embroidery, which along with their new found sewing skills developed at Usha Silai Schools, is helping them earn a living.

Dignity Of Labour: Manual Scavengers Of Madhya Pradesh's Mandsaur Turn Entrepreneurs

Usha Silai School has empowered many rural women to support their family and send their children to school.

Dignity Of Labour: Manual Scavengers Of Madhya Pradesh's Mandsaur Turn Entrepreneurs

The Usha Silai School, established in a small nondescript village that goes by the name of Kottai, is helping empower people from varied communities.

Dignity Of Labour: Manual Scavengers Of Madhya Pradesh's Mandsaur Turn Entrepreneurs

The all-inclusive Usha Silai School Programme covers the entire nation from hamlets tucked between hills to villages cast by the sea.

Dignity Of Labour: Manual Scavengers Of Madhya Pradesh's Mandsaur Turn Entrepreneurs

Vegetables farmers from the Mizoram hills earn very little given the topography of the area. Usha Silai Schools have played an important part in this region by skilling women to financially contribute towards their households.

Dignity Of Labour: Manual Scavengers Of Madhya Pradesh's Mandsaur Turn Entrepreneurs

Usha Silai School learner Lucy has trained seven other women in her community, helping them to become financially independent.

Dignity Of Labour: Manual Scavengers Of Madhya Pradesh's Mandsaur Turn Entrepreneurs

Women like Kaviben from the nomadic Rebari community are finally laying down their roots as they begin to gain financial independence and thereby stability through Usha Silai School.

Dignity Of Labour: Manual Scavengers Of Madhya Pradesh's Mandsaur Turn Entrepreneurs

Usha Silai School, located in the Gujarat's Bhuj village, is enabling rural women to earn as much as Rs. 2,500-4,000 each month.

Dignity Of Labour: Manual Scavengers Of Madhya Pradesh's Mandsaur Turn Entrepreneurs

Usha Silai School, in association with a Gujarat based NGO called Kala Raksha, is trying to bring about a Silai revolution in Bhuj.

Dignity Of Labour: Manual Scavengers Of Madhya Pradesh's Mandsaur Turn Entrepreneurs

Besides training other women from their community, many Usha Silai School learners have become entrepreneurs in their own right.

Dignity Of Labour: Manual Scavengers Of Madhya Pradesh's Mandsaur Turn Entrepreneurs

With sewing becoming easily accessible and lucrative, the silai schools are also helping revive traditional motifs and designs.

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